If You Can Answer These, You're Good



If You Can Answer These, You're Good



If You Can Answer These, You're Good


EXAMINATIONS can be fun. Give yourself this novel one, and see. Nobody, least of all the compiler of these questions, will stand at your elbow, gloating over your occasional puzzlement. Ability to answer them proves nothing whatever; but if you play fair, you’ll have a useful check on your general literary knowledge.

There are 1(X) questions, arranged in twenty groups of five. Score one point for each correct or satisfactory answer. Anything over seventy is good; over eighty is excellent, and over ninety a pretty sure proof that you’ve either been peeping or are wasting your time around here.

1. Identify;

(a) The Man of Destiny.

(b) The Man of Feeling.

(c) The Man of Sorrows.

(d) Man Friday.

(e) A man of straw.

2. What is another name for:

(a) The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street?

(b) Old Glory?

(c) Old Bailev?

(d) Old Nick?

(e) The Old Pretender?

3. Who was (or is) best known as:

(a) K. of K.?

(b) AE.?

(c) G. O. M.?

(d) R. L. S.?

(e) Q.?

4. Who lost:

(a) Her slipper?

(b) His head at Whitehall?

(c) His effects in the Wash?

(d) Her proper size?

(e) His right eye and left arm?

5. If you had to wear the following, on what [xirt of your body would you put them?

(a) A cummerbund.

(b) An epaulet.

(c) A bustle. (Be discreet.)

(d) Pince-nez.

(e) A buskin.

6. In what would you lie particularly interested if you were:

(a) An etymologist?

(b) A conchologist?

(c) A seismologist?

(d) A campanologist?

(e) An entomologist?

7. Quote a line of poetry, containing these place names:

(a) Darien.

(b) Hamelin.

(c) Nineveh.

(d) Dunfermline.

(e) Azores.

8. What do you examine with:

(a) A microscope?

(b) A periscope?

(c) A stethoscope?

(d) A spectroscope?

(e) A helioscope?

9. What, or who, are:

(a) Bluebeard?

(b) A bluestocking?

(c) A Bluenose?

(d) The Blue Peter?

(e) A Blue Book?

10. Fill in the missing numbers:

(a) ........Blind Mice.

(b) ........Nights Entertainment.

(c) ........Gentlemen of Verona.

(d) ........Seas.

(e) ........hoots.

11. (a) Whose voice was heard to declare, “You have

baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.’’?

(b) Who should never have had his hair cut?

(c) What king sat at a feast beneath a sword suspended by a single hair?

(d) Who rode through town, clad only in her hair?

(e) Who sat plaiting a dark red love knot into her long black hair?

12. Who, or what, is known as:

(a) Father of Waters?

(b) Father of Medicine?

(c) Father of English Poetry?

(d) Father of Lies?

(e) Father William?

13. Supply the next line to these quotations:

(a) The man recovered from the bite.—

(b) I could not love thee, dear, so much,—

(c) They ilash upon that inward eye,—

(d) And even the ranks of Tuscany,—

(e) Full well they laughed, with counterfeited glee,—

14. Who, or what, were:

(a) The Iron Chancellor?

(b) The Iron Duke?

(c) The Iron Virgin?

(d) The Iron Cross?

(e) The Ironsides?

15. Who was:

(a) “. . . long and lank and brown,

As is the ribbed sea sand.”?

(b) “In his hammock, and a thousand mile away”?

(c) The lady with the “face that launched a thousand ships”?

(d) A personage “of infinite resource and sagacity”?

(e) “. . .a citizen,

Of credit and renown.”?

16. What is a:

(a) Tommy Atkins?

(b) Mother Hubbard?

(c) John Hancock?

(d) Prince Albert?

(e) Sam Browne?

17. Identify:

(a) Little Corporal.

(b) Little Englander.

(c) Little Minister.

(d) Little John.

(e) Wee deoch an’ doris.

18. Who owed his or her death to:

(a) Charlotte Corday?

(b) An asp?

(c) A mole?

(d) A smooth stone?

(e) J. W. Booth?

19. What were:

(a) The Golden Age?

(b) The Golden Fleece?

(c) The Golden Horn?

(d) The Golden Treasury?

(e) The Golden Hind?

20. Whom, or what, would you expect to see at:

(a) The Vatican?

(b) The White House?

(c) Pisa?

(d) Covent Garden?

(e) Rotten Row?

Ansivers on page 60

Answers to Just for Fun

Questions on page 14

1. (a) Napoleon Bonaparte.

(b) Henry MacKenzie, (1745-1831) nicknamed after his most famous book.

(c) One of the most beautiful names of Our Lord.

(d) The servant of Robinson Crusoe,

(c) An imaginary adversary, set up

only to be defeated.

2. (a) The Bank of England, in Thread-

needle Street, London.

(b) The flag of the United States,

(c) Central Criminal Court, London.

(d) The Devil.

(e) Prince James Stuart, son of James II.

3. (a) Kitchener of Khartoum.

(b) George Russell.

(c) The Grand Old Man of British politics, W. E. Gladstone.

(d) Robert Louis Stevenson.

(e) Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch. (An alternate possible is Douglas Jerrold).

4. (a) Cinderella.

(b) Charles I of England.

(c) King John.

(d) Alice (in Wonderland).

(e) Horatio Nelson.

5. (a) The waist.

(b) The shoulder.

(c) What your dressmaker would probably refer to as “the lower back.”

(d) The bridge of the nose.

(e) The foot.

6. (a) Words.

(b) Shells.

(c) Earthquakes.

(d) Bells. (Bet this fooled you!)

(e) Insects,

7. (a) Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

(Keats’ sonnet, “On First Looking Into Chapman’s Homer.”)

(b) Hamelin Town’s in Brunswick. (Browning’s “The Pied Piper.”)

(c) And all our pomp of yesterday, are one with Nineveh and Tyre. (Kipling’s “Recessional.”)

(d) The king sits in Dunfermline Town, Drinking the blude-red wine. (Old ballad, “Sir Patrick Spens.”)

(e) At Flores, in the Azores, Sir Richard Grenville lay. (Tennyson’s “The Revenge.”)

8. (a) Small things.

(b) Objects above the water, or the top of the trench.

(c) Heart or lungs.

(d) Spectrum of rays of light.

(e) The sun.

9. (a) The wife-murderer, in the popular tale.

(b) Originally, a woman who had (or affected) pedantic literary tastes.

(c) Native of Nova Scotia.

(d) Blue flag with white square hoisted to indicate ship is about to sail.

(e) Parliamentary or Privy Council Report.

10. (a) Three.

(b) One thousand and one. (“The Arabian Nights.”)

(c) Two.

(d) Seven.

(e) Two.

11. (a) The lobster. (In “Alice in Wonder-


(b) Samson.

(c) Damocles.

(d) Lady Godiva.

(e) The landlord’s black-eyed daughter, Bess. (In Alfred Noyes’ “The Highwayman.”)

12. (a) The Mississippi River.

(b) Hippocrates.

(c) Geoffrey Chaucer.

(d) Herodotus, the Greek historian, who is also called the Father of History.

(e) The old gentleman who roused the young man’s rebuke for incessantly standing upon his ancient head. (Alice in Wonderland.)

13. (a) The dog it was that died. (Gold-

smith: “Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog.”)

(b) Lov’d I not Honor more. (Lovelace: “To Lucasta.”)

(c) Which is the bliss of solitude. (Wordsworth: “The Daffodils.”)

(d) Could scarce forbear to cheer.

(Macaulay: “Lays of Ancient


(e) At all his jokes, for many a joke

had he. (Goldsmith: “The

Deserted Village.”)

14. (a) Count Bismarck, founder of the

German Empire.

(b) The Duke of Wellington (or Admiral Jellicoe’s flagship at Jutland).

(c) A medieval instrument of torture.

(d) German award for valor in the field.

(e) Cromwell’s regiment in the English Civil War.

15. (a) The Ancient Mariner (Coleridge).

(b) Drake (Sir Henry Newbolt: “Drake’s Drum’’).

(c) Helen of Troy (Marlowe: “Faustus”).

(d) The Mariner in “How the Whale Got Its Throat” (Kipling).

(e) John Gilpin (Cowper).

16. (a) A British soldier.

(b) A loose-fitting garment.

(c) Slang for signature.

(d) A long, square-tailed coat.

(e) Transverse belt worn by army officers.

17. (a) Napoleon Bonaparte.

(b) One who would restrict the dimensions and responsibilities of the Empire.

(c) Novel by J. M. Barrie, 1891.

(d) The huge henchman of Robin Hood.

(e) A final drink.

18. (a) Marat.

(b) Cleopatra.

(c) William 111 of England.

(d) Goliath.

(e) Abraham Lincoln.

19. (a) According to the Greek and

Roman poets, the first and best age of the world.

(b) The object of the voyages of Jason and the Argonauts.

(c) The harter of Estambul (Constantinople) on the Bosporus.

(d) The most famous of anthologies of English poetry, compiled by F. T. Palgrave.

(e) The ship in which Drake sailed around the world.

•20. (a) The Pope.

(b) The President of the U. S. A.

(c) The leaning tower.

(d) Opera (or fruit, if you mean the great London market).

(e) Fashionable horsemen.